In a corresponding transaction, the club activated tight end Stephen Carlson from the practice squad.
An undrafted free agent out of Princeton, the 6-foot-4 and 240-pound Carlson has spent the season so far on the practice squad. During his collegiate career he had 125 receptions for 1,632 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Carlson also fills a hole at tight end on Sunday against the Denver Broncos as the Browns have ruled out tight end Pharaoh Brown with a concussion. In addition to Brown, Cleveland will experience its weekly injury hole in the secondary as safety Damarious Randall is out for the second consecutive week with a hamstring injury, and cornerback Eric Murray is out after having arthroscopic surgery for a knee injury suffered in practice on Wednesday.
Before he was ruled out for the game, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks highlighted Murray’s versatility, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“He has the skill set from the standpoint of playing a little bit of corner before moving to safety. That really entails that position when you talk about being able to stop the run as a safety, the coverage skills of a corner and being able to blitz. He encompasses all of that. I thought his physicality is something I was very intrigued with, which you have to have to play that position.”
As for Ekuale, it is hard to say if the Browns will miss him or not. A member of the backup defensive line rotation that has disappointed all year, Ekuale played 115 snaps in the first seven games, from a high of 22 against the San Francisco 49ers to a low of nine against the Tennessee Titans, and posted three tackles.